It was an odd week. Started off swimmingly and then ended with a bit of disappointment on the running front. So it happens. It did leave me feeling motivated for this fall and shaking things up a bit. That’s exciting, at least for me it is.
Here is my week in review. It was a weird week in that I had to take it easy in the latter part of the week to make sure I was in good shape to take Eric through to the finish in his first Leadville 100. I didn’t want to take any chances with my hamstring.
Monday- lazy rest day on the fitness front. Busy work and house cleaning day day though. Very productive day. Love those.
Tuesday- 6.5 miles in 50 minutes (7:41 pace). Treadmill run. 10 minute warm up at 9:00 min/mi pace; 8x400m at 6:03 pace with 400m recovery jog at 9:00 min/mi. Followed by a 10 min cool down. I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by how good I felt on this workout. I followed the run with a strength workout. I was tired. Altogether, the workout took me 1:30 hours. And with 2 hours of childcare at the gym I had just enough time for a shower afterwards. Awesome!
Wednesday- 6 miles easy effort. Still a little sore from Tuesday’s workouts, but I took it easy on the trails and got in the miles. Nothing spectacular but got it done. I got an hour massage on my hamstrings and IT bands that night. It hurt, but much needed.
Thursday- 6 miles medium effort. I wanted to do more of a tempo workout but my legs didn’t quite have it in me.
Friday- Zero exercise. Not even Yoga. Boooo. Took a group of wounded soldiers rock climbing. Noah came along to help too. I wish I could’ve got in an easy 4-6 miler, but it wasn’t going to happen. Busy work morning followed by a cranky non napping Noah that afternoon.
Dinner was a wonderful distraction with Jim, my cousin Jessy and her new husband Jonathan. We had dinner at Yard House (great beer selection too) and then followed it up with a trip to Lone Tree Brewery.
Saturday- this was a planned rest day. Jim and I took Noah to Touch-A-Truck event in Highlands Ranch where he gets to get up close and personal with garbage trucks, monster trucks, fire trucks, police cars, etc. Big fun for a truck obsessed 2 year old.
I spent the rest of the day gathering all my stuff together for the Leadville 100. My runner, Eric (a barefoot runner, by the way) had started at 4:00am Saturday morning and I was tracking his progress throughout the day along with several others I knew running or knew their pacers. All of us were in contact throughout the day and so far all of our runners were within 30 minutes of each other (very cool). Three of us were all within 10 minutes of each other so it looked like we might all be running together (very cool too). Me, Megan and Ryan met up at 9:00pm to head up to Leadville. *Side note: Ryan just did the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race the previous weekend. Just awesome* With strong coffee in hand we were fully prepared to be up all night with very limited sleeping. We stopped by the finish line to see the top finishers. They are just insane!!!
Sunday- We arrived at May Queen aid station around midnight. My runner was not expected to come into my aid station until 4:30am Sunday morning so I took the opportunity to hang out and feel the excitement of the Leadville 100 and try to get some sleep if I could. Eric had been spot on with his estimated time of arrivals at each of the aid stations. Unfortunately, at 2:30am I received a text saying that Eric had to drop at mile 78 due to foot problems that cost him some time and nutrition issues. Megan’s runner dropped at mile 61, and Tony’s runner dropped due to tummy distress. The only one left (that I knew) was Kimberely. She finished strong and under 29 hours (Just wow!). Kathy from Got to Keep Running Long helped her to the finish line. I’m sure she will have a write up so hop over to her blog to check it out.
After getting the word about Eric, I put it out to the aid station volunteers that I was available to pace a runner if needed. Once 5:00am rolled around I was losing my momentum to run. Bummer. I got in the car and bundled up in my sleeping bag and took a nap, kind of. Me, Megan and Ryan headed back down the mountain for some breakfast and coffee before trying to drive home. I had a Leadville Hangover the rest of the day.
100 Miles is something I have no desire to do. It was so inspiring to see these runners – not the crazy elite runners who finish under 20 hours, but the ones who gut wrench it out and barely squeak by under the 30 hour cut-off time. So, no Mom I will not be running a 100 Miler any time soon. The 50 Milers though….
This week is going to be a great week! Back on track with my workout schedule. No planned races in the upcoming weeks. Just focusing on maintaining my running fitness and working on improving things along the way. I am also pumped to try out some new fitness classes at the gym and getting back on the bike this Fall. HERE is my run/workout plan for the next week.
THIS video is an awesome video that talks about the Leadville Race Series and what it takes to become a Lead-Man and Lead-Woman. Not in my lifetime but man it’s awesome what these athletes do. I had the privilege to meet a few of them this weekend.
- While I ran my 15 miler, Scott Jurek runs the Leadville Trail 100… (sweatdaily.wordpress.com)
- Go Leadville Runners! (tatyanammatveeva.wordpress.com)
- Scott Jurek – Leadville 100 pre race interview (iancorless.org)